Who is Samskee?

Born, raised, and currently residing on the South Side of Lansing, Michigan, Samskee is a multi-focused artist. Beginning as a double bassist in grade school, he discovered the fun of derelict buildings and graffiti while on a tour with the Blue Lake International String Orchestra in 2003. From that moment onward, drawing, painting, and design became an obsession in his life.

Starting college with a major in Classical Bass Performance, he endured a year until he was advised against taking a Calculus 3 class. Finding that stupid, he switched to a major in Meteorology. This only led to discovering and mastering design programs while working as a student meteorologist whose primary duty was to update weather pages for various newspapers for the NY/CT area. By the summer of 2006, Samskee scraped together some artwork- some random graffiti walls and terrible pencil drawings, and applied to Kendall College of Art and Design. After two attempts and no real formal art training previous to applying, he was accepted.

Moving back to Lansing after graduating in early 2010 with a degree in Interactive Design, Samskee has assisted with organizing several murals in Lansing while working steady jobs throughout. From screen printing to Linux hosting tech work to monitoring online ad servers, Samskee has a proven track record of being able to adapt and learn quickly to find creative solutions to problems.

Outside of work and art, Samskee enjoys hanging out on his home compound with his 2 dogs and cat- Gilly, Dumpster, and Sun Bun. As of January 2018, he has left his career in IT in pursuit of deeper artistic work.

Hit me up!

Samskee deBourbon
(517)980-bweh
sdebourbon@gmail..com

Watch my effing reel, it's old, and needs to be replaced!

Education

Western Connecticut State University

Music Performance and Meteorology Fall 2004 to Spring 2006

One year, music performance, the next, meteorology. Participated in Math Club, Meteorology Club, Roots and Shoots club, Orchestra, and various other musical ensembles at WCSU. Tutored Math(up to Calc 3) and Physics from 2005-2006. Also did work for the WCSU Echo, and worked as a student meteorologist updating local newspaper forecasts.

Kendall College of Art and Design

BFA Digital Media: Interactive Design Fall 2009

Participated in the 2006 USGBC Emerging Green Builders competition, and received first runner up. Also played with the Kent Philharmonia Orchestra and the GRCC Mariachi band.

Work

RocketFuel

Jr NOC Technician December 2016 - January 2018

Monitoring and reporting server and network-related issues in a big data environment managing large adserving clusters. Assisted with writing runbooks to diagnose server issues across a variety of services hosted around the world to provide constant and efficient ad serving, bid placement, and bid winning.

LiquidWeb

Level 3 Linux Support Technician February 2012 - August 2016

Assisted customers in a helpdesk-style environment via email tickets, livechat, and phone calls regarding various issues ranging from general server trouble, spam, code/software issues, malware/virus detection and removal, difficulties with site migrations, and DNS. Also assisted with training newer coworkers to strengthen the team.

M3 Group

Web Designer August 2011 - February 2012

Maintained and updated the site and blog for M3, as well as the Capital Area Women's Lifestyle Magazine. Created sites using a variety of CMSes(primarily Wordpress), along with HTML5/CSS. Assisted with various IT tasks around the two offices, including email client problems and printer magic.

Retroduck

Production Manager February 2011 - August 2011

Was responsible for keeping the shop clean and stocked with supplies and coated screens ready for printing. Counted in shirt orders, helped to prepare artwork for print, burned screens, printed shirts, and made sure orders going out were complete without flaws.

Skills

I've got skills, but there's always room to learn with every skill and craft.

  • Photoshop/Illustrator
  • After Effects
  • Wordpress
  • CSS/HTML5
  • cPanel
  • jQuery
  • Mural skillz

Get at me.

I'd love to work with you, seriously. Send me a message with any ideas you might have, and I'll be glad to toss you an estimate. My rates are stupid-reasonable, and I will work with any budget, given the project is worthy of taking on. Come on, let's party.

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